Top of the Hill: Great view and Carolina Blue
The game didn't start until 4 pm and we arrived in Chapel Hill a couple hours early to grab a bite to eat and something cold to drink. This place is one of the most popular hangouts in town and its location couldn't be any better in the heart of all the action on Franklin Street. The place was packed with young and old Carolina fans all wearing their light blue colors in support of their team. Top of the Hill is a brewpub and the handcrafted beers are excellent, but you'll want to come for the college atmosphere and the great views. It's actually located on the corner of Columbia and Franklin and the entrance is on Columbia. You'll either take the elevator or walk up the stairs to the restaurant which is located on the third floor. The weather was gorgeous the day we were here, so if that's the case try to get a seat outside on the balcony.
Top of the Hill: Good beer!
We weren't exceedingly hungry, so we just had a couple beers and an appetizer, the Baked Crab Dip served with pita and crusty bread. It was good, but the highlight was the beer. I tried the Summer Lager and the Pale Ale and both were good. I'm not specifying the prices below because it really depends if you're going here to drink or just to eat. Most of the beers are around $4 a pint and our appetizer was $7.95 and was plenty of food. Most of the main course were priced anywhere from $7 - $15.
Concession stands: You won't go hungry at the ballgame
The concession stands at the "Dean Dome" (the arena where the Tar Heels play) have all the usual ballgame foods. You can get sodas, candy, hot dogs and the like, but if you want a beer, you better get it before the game, because there's no alcohol permitted during the game.
Top of the Hill: Top of the Hill
The restaurant is on the second floor and thus we have a different view than in most of the restaurants.
There is also a patio for people having drinks, which is nice when it is hot.
Favorite Dish: Some spicy pasta with chicken (I don't remember the name)
Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe: Excellent breakfast stop
When you sit at the counter and watch the waffles as they're poured and browning, they taste better. The line will be especially long the morning after UNC plays Duke. Wear light blue, join that line, and talk like a Tar Heel fan.
Favorite Dish: Waffles are #1 but it is hard to go wrong with any breakfast here.
Biscuit Kitchen: The Best Biscuits Ever!
Reviewed on NPR, revered by us locals is Biscuit Kitchen on Franklin Street as you wind up the hill into town and campus. The fried onions on any sandwhich are free - just ask. Its a drive thru - no seats. And if you are in a pick up with a wide turn radius you may have to open the door to get your food because its a tight turn. The chicken biscuit is to die for. Ask for extra napkins. The sweet tea will put fur on your teeth - ask for lemon!!. I love this place. Make sure to say "hey" to the lady who greets you - because she is really nice - when she hopes you have a good day - you know she means it!! Do not miss this place. They close by 2 in the afternoon. The chicken salad is good too. The biscuits are amazing. The egg, country ham and cheese with fried onions is my personal favorite - and that can take me thru most of the day!!! Cheap drive thru food - but good - good - good. You cant make better at home!!!
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Mellow Mushroom in Durham: Skip the Salads, Enjoy the Pizza
I still consider this a Chapel Hill place, even though they moved to the ballpark district in Durham. One of the best pizza chains ever, really. So I hate to nag. But ... when we ate there the other day I ordered a "Stuffed Portabella" salad, new on the menu. Two problems here: 1) the greens aren't very good at all. Instead of some nice Romaine Lettuce or even Iceberg, there's a lot of unidentified "field greens" that should have stayed in the field. 2) the menu promised that the salad would be "drizzled" in balsamic vinegar but instead the "salad" was literally drowning in vinager. And so was the stuffed portabella.
I really should have stuck with the pizza which is the 2nd best in the whole RD/Triangle area - 2nd only to Lily's, which is a longer drive for me than Mellow Mushroom so I don't go there as often. After that salad, though, I'll probably be tempted to make the trip to Lily's more often.
Favorite Dish: Best thing on Mellow Mushroom's menu for me? The Jerk Chicken pizza. I also like the Gourmet White.
There are many good eateries. ...
There are many good eateries. Burrito Banker, Car Burrito, Cosmic Cantina, Monterrey are good Tex Mex places. Hector's has the best burger in town. There are so many good places to eat.
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